The Barcelona History Museum – MUHBA Plaça del Rei

MUHBA Barcelona History Museum - Plaça del Rei

The MUHBA Plaça del Rei is the largest of the Barcelona History Museum’s centres and contains remains of the Roman city of Barcino which were discovered totally by chance during the construction of Via Laietana! History of the MUHBA Plaça del Rei: During the 1930s the medieval Royal Palace was dismantled to make way for …

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Barcelona’s Head – Pop Art at the Old Port

The Barcelonas Head statue by the old Port

The Barcelona’s Head sculpture (also known as Barcelona’s Face) was designed by American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein for the 1992 Olympic Games. The striking 90-ton statue is covered with brightly coloured mosaic tiles, a clear tribute to the works of Antoni Gaudi. The design also shows a strong Picasso influence mixed with the comic book …

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Torre Agbar – Barcelona’s 21st Century Icon

Full Moon at the Torre Agbar, Barcelona

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the 34 storey Agbar Tower took 6 years to build and was inaugurated in 2005. Nouvel has stated that he was inspired by Catalan icons such as Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the nearby mountain of Montserrat. The tower was built for to the Agbar water company and is meant to represent …

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The Canaletas Fountain (Font de Canaletes)

Close up of the canaletas fountain, Las Ramblas, Barcelona

I’d estimate that 95% of tourists who visit Barcelona walk straight past the Canaletas Fountain without even noticing it which is a shame because this fountain come lamp post at the top of La Rambla is linked to a couple of interesting traditions. Canaletas Traditions #1: Tradition has it that if you drink from the …

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Microcars in Barcelona

Another cute microcar. MUHBA museum Barcelona

The MUHBA (Barcelona History Museum) has several centres dedicated to the history of the city from Roman times to the present day. From the 21st of December 2012 until the 15th of March 2013 they are staging a temporary exhibition dedicated to the history of microcars in Barcelona. The exhibition consists of about 15 cars and microcars from …

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Disseny Hub – Vector Prime Comes to Barcelona!

The Barcelona design museum is located in the hyper modern Disseny Hub building next tothe Agbar tower and the new Encants Vells flea market in the 22@ district of Barcelona

This week the hoardings surrounding the new Disseny Hub Barcelona came down. The Disseny Hub (or Design Hub in English) is billed as a combination of museum, centre and laboratory. I’m not exactly sure what that means but the new building is certainly impressive. Situated next to the Agbar Tower in the 22@ district of …

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Gambrinus – Barcelona’s Giant Lobster Statue

The Gambrinus giant smiling crayfish statue and the pop art style Barcelona's Head at Barcelona's Port Vell old harbour

This funky giant prawn/lobster statue was originally part of the decor at the Gambrinus seafood restaurant. The 10m long fibreglass sculpture was designed and built by Spanish artist Javier Mariscal. When the Gambrinus restaurant closed the statue was bought by Barcelona city council, restored and now takes pride of place on Passeig Colom near the Port …

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